Trane announced today its latest addition to the scroll compressor chillers, heat pumps, multi-pipe units and rooftops portfolio featuring the low global warming potential (GWP) R-454B refrigerant. The Sintesis Advantage CGAF air cooled chillers with R-454B are now available in capacities ranging from 150 to 670 kilowatts (kW). The units deliver up to 5% better cooling efficiency and an equally wide operating map compared to equivalent models with R410A.
The R-454B refrigerant, a non-ozone depleting HFO/HFC blend, has a GWP level of 467, the lowest among the refrigerants available today for scroll compressor technology. R-454B offers 76% reduction in direct GWP impact against R-410A and 34% reduction against R-32 HFC refrigerant. This answers customers’ need for a sustainable refrigerant option that future proofs their investment and mitigates the increasing tax rates put on refrigerants across Europe.
“Since 2014, Trane has been designing products operating with ultra-low GWP refrigerants that are responsible for the environment and good for our customers’ business without sacrificing quality, reliability or performance,” said Louis Rompre, portfolio manager at Trane in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “By moving directly from R-410A to R-454B we continue to be front running in the marketplace and offer our customers the highest possible GWP reduction of all the potential replacements.”
All units with the new R-454B refrigerant are extensively tested in the Trane testing facility located in the production and design center in Epinal, France. The facility functions as a validation center for new product development enabling the simulation of all, even extreme operating conditions encountered during the life of HVAC equipment. Tests conducted at the Trane testing lab include proofing of refrigerant circuits that keep the refrigerant contained and with its original manufactured composition - for the highest performance throughout the unit’s lifecycle.
The new Sintesis Advantage CGAF models with R-454B are part of the Trane Technologies EcoWise™ portfolio. The EcoWise™ exclusive product portfolio includes HVAC and refrigeration systems, products, and initiatives designed to lower the environmental impact of Trane Technologies’ products, organization and customers.
Trane introduces R-454B across the entire scroll compressor portfolio, and will soon complete its offering of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems with low and ultra-low GWP refrigerants across all product ranges. Depending on the product portfolio and compressor technology, Trane already offers units with R-513A, R-514A, R-1234ze and R-1233zd(E). This strategy aligns with Trane Technologies 2030 sustainability aspirations, and the commitment to reduce customers’ carbon emissions by one gigaton – equivalent to the annual emissions of Italy, France and the United Kingdom combined.